Dennis: New FACC president's motherly ways

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

The 'S' Factor

Saturday, January 11, 2014


FOR the next 365 days she would be “the mother” of the Filipino-American community of the Carolinas and surrounding districts.

Meet the new president of the Charlotte-based Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC), Maria Amelita “Malette” Aquino-Oliveros.

Unknown to many, she is very active in school activities and is a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) board officer for six years in the schools her children are enrolled in.

Married to her husband Rick Oliveros for 19 years, Malette is a mother of two wonderful boys—17-year-old Thomas, a junior at Cox Mill High School, and 11-year-old Simon, a 6th grader at Cabarrus Charter Academy.

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Raising two boys is always tough and I guess it honed her skills as a PTA officer.

Malette is now a full time housewife and chauffeur to her youngest son.
The new president who always has a ready smile for everyone was elected president of the biggest Fil-American Association of North Carolina last Dec. 7.

She vows to help the Kababayan affected by the recent typhoons and help educate the next Fil-Am generation about the cultural heritage of the Philippines.

She has been here in NC for 7 years but 30 years in US.

The new set of officers for the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas (FACC) were sworn in during simple ceremonies at the Asian library last Saturday, Jan. 5.

After the installation she banged the gavel for the first meeting.
A graduate of the University of the East College of Dentistry Class 1987, President Malette would lead the FACC that was informally launched a year after she finished college.

Formed by a handful of Filipinos headed by Lita Joaquin and close friends, the FACC provides information and promotes understanding of Philippine culture and heritage with American and other cultural communities in North and South Carolina.

FACC is formally instituted in November, 1990 by what was then a handful of organizers and members.

It has now developed into a robust and sound community of Filipino-Americans who each serve to promote understanding, friendship, and civic unity among its members and other communities in the Carolinas with the end goal of fostering love, loyalty and respect for the Philippines and the United States.

I forgot to ask how she is related to the current Philippine president. But I guess that would be another story in the future.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 11, 2014.

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